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1 The next chapter Strategic Plan A Catholic Boys School in the Edmund Rice Tradition catering for Years 5 to 12

2 Historical Context St. Patrick s College is a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition educating young men from Years 5 to 12. Edmund Rice founded the Christian Brothers in Waterford, Ireland in 1802 to provide an education to the boys of Waterford. St. Patrick s College began educating young men at Shorncliffe on 29 January, 1952 with 129 students and four staff. In 2014 St. Patrick s College educates nearly 1250 students and has 162 staff. St. Patrick s College has celebrated its connection with the Christian Brothers and since 2007 has been governed by Edmund Rice Education Australia. As a member school of Edmund Rice Education Australia St. Patrick s College is guided by the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition which is developed around the touchstones of Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Justice and Solidarity and Inclusive Community. The College motto, Certa Bonum Certamen or Fight the Good Fight highlights the community spirit that is at the core of St. Patrick s College. The next chapter

3 Our Values Faith We are a faith community guided by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, as reflected in the Gospel message of compassion, peace and justice. As a Catholic community, the College explores and deepens its faith and spirituality through action, prayer and reflective practice. We are called to keep a particular focus on the marginalised, through a preferential option for the poor. Community We provide a caring, safe, inclusive and welcoming environment, grounded in faith, service, social justice and human belonging. Our community celebrates and embraces diversity. Driven by strong caring relationships, we prioritise the moral, emotional and intellectual development of each member of our community. In doing so, we promote partnerships between parents, students, staff and the wider community. As such our aim is to affirm the dignity of each person. Excellence We challenge all members of our community to achieve holistic excellence. Opportunities and support are provided to each person to pursue their goals, develop persistence and resilience, and ultimately realise their own potential. Stewardship We are mindful that we live in the present and must fully utilise current opportunities. The College is also conscious that it must acknowledge the past and ensure for the future. All members of the College community share responsibility for just and wise stewardship of the College s culture, relationships, resources and future. A Catholic Boys School in the Edmund Rice Tradition catering for Years 5 to 12

4 Strategic Dimensions Faith in Action To foster a community in which every member is empowered with the skills and desire to create a better world for all, with the person and story of Jesus Christ as our foundation, understood through the lens of Blessed Edmund Rice. We will: Provide meaningful liturgical experiences for our community in a 21st century Catholic context. Provide a Gospel-centred, sequential retreat program, helping students, parents and staff develop and articulate their own unique spirituality. Continue to work towards becoming an authentically inclusive community, by providing educational opportunities and support to young people at the margins. Continue to enhance service and solidarity programs which provide mutually beneficial outcomes to our community and our partner communities, locally and globally. Promote advocacy as a way for members of our community to respond to the cries of the poor and the earth. The next chapter

5 Teaching & Learning To provide engaging learning experiences through innovative pedagogical practices, which are framed by the Australian Curriculum, promote principles of Justice and Peace, and effectively utilise elearning so that students are ready to succeed within the dynamic landscape of the 21st century. We will: Develop and implement a Curriculum Framework that best reflects the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes appropriate to the characteristics of the College. Develop, implement and maintain an elearning program that both engages and challenges the learner. Provide high quality academic support to all students though effective data tracking and a range of support strategies. Continue to develop a diverse range of educational opportunities catering for the needs and talents of individuals within our student body. Continue to focus on teacher support and quality through productive and professional collegiality and structured professional development. Continue to develop a Religious Education curriculum consistent with Archdiocesan guidelines. A Catholic Boys School in the Edmund Rice Tradition catering for Years 5 to 12

6 The next chap Faith in Action To foster a community in which every member is empowered with the skills and desire to create a better world for all, with the person and story of Jesus Christ as our foundation, understood through the lens of Blessed Edmund Rice. F A I T H C O Student Life To develop young men of strong character based on Gospel values, nurturing them through the formation of right relationships and the exploration of their potential across a broad range of experiences. E X C E L L E N C E

7 ter M M U N I T Y Teaching & Learning To provide engaging learning experiences through innovative pedagogical practices, which are framed by the Australian Curriculum, promote principles of Justice and Peace, and effectively utilise elearning so that students are ready to succeed within the dynamic landscape of the 21st century. I P S T E W A R D S H Community To create an inclusive environment underpinned by a commitment to and respect for the dignity of the individual. Governance To implement and maintain a system of governance that provides the structure to support the College in achieving its vision and goals. This system will have at its core transparency, efficiency, and accountability and will facilitate informed decision-making.

8 Student Life To develop young men of strong character based on Gospel values, nurturing them through the formation of right relationships and the exploration of their potential across a broad range of experiences. We will: Continue to provide a Year 5-12 vertical House system as the basis for pastoral care, which fosters a sense of belonging and engagement. Provide a contemporary, comprehensive and cohesive student formation program that promotes leadership and is sensitive and responsive to the developmental needs and phases of learning of young men. Implement a restorative based student support framework that empowers both students and staff with fostering respectful and harmonious relationships. Provide and promote an extensive range of co-curricular opportunities that foster holistic education and encourage participation and excellence in performance. The next chapter

9 Community To create an inclusive environment underpinned by a commitment to and respect for the dignity of the individual. We will: Foster strong relationships between existing, new and future families at St. Patrick s College. Develop and sustain relationships with local parishes, schools, other EREA schools and the Edmund Rice Network. Celebrate and foster the traditions of the College through engagement of the Parents and Friends Association, Support Groups, Old Boys and the College Foundation. Promote clear and effective communication strategies both internally and externally. Implement a Marketing and Communication Plan for the College. A Catholic Boys School in the Edmund Rice Tradition catering for Years 5 to 12

10 Governance To implement and maintain a system of governance that provides the structure to support the College in achieving its vision and goals. This system will have at its core transparency, efficiency, and accountability and will facilitate informed decision-making. We will: Utilise business and planning processes that ensure efficiency and accountability. Engage a framework of financial governance that ensures ongoing financial accountability and responsibilities. Facilitate an Information Technology Infrastructure and Capability Plan that enhances teaching and learning, administrative processes and financial management. Incorporate appropriate risk management processes in order to satisfy relevant laws and regulations. Develop policies and procedures that are consistent with Edmund Rice Education Australia and other statutory authorities. The next chapter

11 Our Mission We, the community of St. Patrick s College, are inspired and guided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice. We seek excellence in teaching and learning, and aim to provide a Catholic, holistic, liberating education. We strive for justice through building right relationships based on solidarity, service and respect for the dignity of every individual.

12 We acknowledge the Turrbal People as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of our College. We are inspired and nurtured by their wisdom, spirituality and experience. We commit ourselves to actively work alongside them for reconciliation and justice. St. Patrick's College, 60 Park Parade, Shorncliffe QLD 4017 T (07) F (07) E

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